22 November 2016 - Christian Aid Ireland has launched its 2016 Christmas gifts selection with an exciting range of new ethical gifts.
The 2016 ‘Present Aid’ catalogue includes best-selling favourites like the ‘Nanny goat’ (£22/€24) for an Ethiopian mother to provide nourishing milk for her children and sell the surplus milk for much-needed income.
Other gifts include: Mosquito nets (£15/€18) to keep an African child safe from malaria; School books, bags and biros (£9/€18) to help a child from a poor family in Bangladesh go to school and Piglets (£25/€30) for families in Cambodia.
Christmas is all about families. This year Christian Aid has included new gifts to help refugee families who have been forced to flee their homes with nothing.
Gifts for refugees include: A pair of boots (£10/€12) so that a refugee child can swap their worn out shoes for a new pair of boots for the winter; a Family hygiene kit (£11/€14) with soap, toothpaste, nappies and sanitary products and the gift of Food for a Syrian refugee (£9/€12) to provide three nutritious meals a day.
Individuals can group together to buy larger gifts like A cow (£150/€178) for single mothers in Ethiopia or a Home safety package (£250/€260) that would help to raise the homes of families in Bangladesh on stilts so they are not flooded when the river rises. This gift will also provide them with tools, seeds and livestock.
Present Aid gifts are a great way to share Christmas joy with friends and family, while also bringing lasting hope to poor families around the world.
How it works:
When someone buys a Present Aid gift from Christian Aid, they receive a festive themed gift card and a bookmark reflecting the purchased gift. The card and the bookmark can be sent to the person who buys the gift or directly to the friend or loved one they are buying the gift for.
To buy a Present Aid gift, visit presentaid.ie, call 01 901 5035 or email Belfast@email@example.com. The deadline for Christmas gift purchases is 15 December 2016.
All proceeds from each Present Aid gift goes towards transforming the lives of people living in poverty around the world, including funding healthcare, education, agricultural, emergency and livelihood projects.
For more information or stories on the gifts please contact Florence Mutesasira on 086 160 9405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to editors:
1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.
2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, and sustainably. Our strategy document ‘From Inspiration to Impact’ outlines how we set about this task.
3. Christian Aid Ireland, with the support of Irish Aid, funds partners in Colombia working on peace building, human rights and accountability.
4. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org
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6. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit www.christianaid.ie